Optimizing the Operational Profile in a Multicargo Ship

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The Enterprise

Established in 2007, VICUS dt is a Spanish SME with 10 employees, dedicated to hydrodynamic engineering full services related to shipbuilding, shipping industries, hydro power and wind energy.


How HPC makes the difference


Virtual design of an operational profile of a multicargo ship

ICUS dt quest was to optimize the operational profile for a multipurpose cargo ship, in order to minimize fuel consumption in it ́s sailings, especially in the long ones. So they intended to characterize the behavior in the whole operational profile window, allowing to predict the best propulsion configuration for each depth and velocity, from an energy saving point of view. The analysis of vessel behavior involves testing lots of different trims (*) in order to gather the evolution curve and find the minimum power required. The main objective was to verify and validate the numeric OpenFOAM simulation as a valid tool to perform such a simulation, comparing resistance values gathered in simulation with experimental ones. CESGA provided HPC infrastructure to perform the study cases designed by the enterprise. The possibility to perform the analised vessel’s dynamic behavior in a few days, would be a key to success for enterprises that provide such services to be far more competitive. VICUS dt ́s CEO Marcos Meis claimed that using CESGA ́s HPC infrastructure could be a key to success to build vessels with additional benefits, not only efficient from an economic point of view but also reducing its environmental impact during operation, reducing CO2 emissions.


(*) Trim: All the vessel propulsion settings made to optimize its movement and trying to make the most of the propulsion power.